With Thanksgiving upon us, and the gift giving season almost here, we may find that we are saying “thank you” a lot! More than a polite response to kindness, thank you is an expression of gratitude, and gratitude is good for your health!
Taking time to consider what is going right, what we are thankful for, and what we are hopeful for all help to improve our mood and increase optimism. Gratitude reduces stress, helping to lower blood pressure, improving sleep, and strengthening the immune system. Those who express gratitude report better working and personal relationships. In fact, one important benefit to gratitude is increased self-esteem!